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The Jane Bennet Dress (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

Added Aug 19, 2013

by caireen

Heidelberg, Germany






Go to my blog to learn what this dress has to do with Jane Bennet!

This dress is inspired by the Mod Cloth Gazebo Dreaming Dress. I pieced together a pattern – the top is from a Burda evening gown and the skirt from Burda Young. Finding the right fabric proved to be harder. I had to dig through every single fabric pile in my local fabric store (and there were many) until I found this dark blue denim fabric. It’s darker than I had imagined, but I thought it’d make a nice contrast to the lace.

A lesson I learnt from this project: If you use two different patterns, then they won’t fit together perfectly. It’s so simple, but apparently I’m an idiot, because I was very surprised when I realized very close to finishing the dress that it was way too big at the top. I had to put in two darts at the back (and before I had already added four pleats at the skirt, two at the front and two at the back). It was frustrating to say the least since I had to open up a lot of seams.

The fabric creases easily, unfortunately, but otherwise I’m very pleased with this dress. It’s happy and summer-y, just like I imagined. I already took it out to a party a few weeks ago, and it did carry itself very well, if I may say so.

I couldn’t find the patterns I used here on burdastyle.com, so here are the links to the German Burda website:

1) Abendkleid mit Ausschnittblende (for the top)

2) Korsagenkleid – 50er-Jahre-Look (for the skirt)




Garment Type


Abendkleid mit Ausschnittblende

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    Aug 21, 2013, 08.05 AMby SassyT

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      Aug 21, 2013, 11.13 AMby caireen

      Thank you!

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    Aug 19, 2013, 12.03 PMby baum

    Very nice dress!

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      Aug 19, 2013, 12.09 PMby caireen

      Thank you! :)

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    Aug 19, 2013, 11.30 AMby Mary Athey

    fab dress, love tbe lace pieces and its lovely on you x

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      Aug 19, 2013, 11.32 AMby caireen

      Thank you! I really wasn’t sure if the lace wouldn’t clash with the polka dots, but I think it gives the dress a nice “border”, so to speak.

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      Aug 19, 2013, 11.37 AMby Mary Athey

      it does enhance the dress and the lace is lovely. x

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